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    Default Suse 11 XP dual boot

    I currently have Suse 11 installed and need to dual boot with XP. Is there a way to add the XP installation without wiping and reinstalling Suse?

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    Default Re: Suse 11 XP dual boot

    Where did you install opensuse on the first primary
    partition than the answer is NO.
    Because Windows XP must be installed on first primary partition.
    If the first primary partition is free you can install Windows XP there.
    Windows XP will write in MBR so opensuse wil not start , but you can use you,re install CD or DVD to
    restore GRUB
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    Default Re: Suse 11 XP dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by roguedog View Post
    I currently have Suse 11 installed and need to dual boot with XP. Is there a way to add the XP installation without wiping and reinstalling Suse?
    Perhaps there is a way. What is the setup of partitions on your hard drive/s? PLease in Suse open a console and execute tis command:
    Code:
    sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
    And copy/paste the results you get back here so the situation can be assessed.
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    Default Re: Suse 11 XP dual boot

    Thanks for the replies. The first primary is a Linux partition.

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 204 1638598+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 205 3395 25631707+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 3396 30401 216925695 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 14493 30401 127789011 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda6 3396 3787 3148677 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7 3788 10315 52436128+ 83 Linux

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    Default Re: Suse 11 XP dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by roguedog View Post
    Thanks for the replies. The first primary is a Linux partition.

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 204 1638598+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 205 3395 25631707+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 3396 30401 216925695 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 14493 30401 127789011 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda6 3396 3787 3148677 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7 3788 10315 52436128+ 83 Linux
    If sda1 is not the Linux root partition and if you can sacrifice it, then there is a chance. XP will not install unless there is a primary partiion in the first position (sda1) where it can place its bootloader. It's not a requirement for XP to go on sda1, but it is a requirement for its bootloader to go there.

    You abbreviated the output from fdisk so I can't see how large sda1 is, although it looks smallish. But maybe you can install the XP boot codes there or XP itself in toto.

    Depends on (1) whether sda1 is Suse's root partition (2) how big sda1 is (3) whether you can do without sda1 for Linux purposes.

    What's on sda1 and how big is it?
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    Sorry about that. sda1 is /boot (it is pretty small, but I can't check the actual size until this evening), sda2 is / and sda7 is /home (I may have sda2 and sda7 reversed). sda3 and sda5 are both fat32 partitions with network shared data. There is plenty of room on either of the current fat32 partitions for the XP installation. I just really want to avoid reinstalling and configuring Suse.

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    Default Re: Suse 11 XP dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by roguedog View Post
    Sorry about that. sda1 is /boot (it is pretty small, but I can't check the actual size until this evening), sda2 is / and sda7 is /home (I may have sda2 and sda7 reversed). sda3 and sda5 are both fat32 partitions with network shared data. There is plenty of room on either of the current fat32 partitions for the XP installation. I just really want to avoid reinstalling and configuring Suse.
    @swerdna's method is probably best; sda1 is more than large enough to put XP's "system volume" (the boot files) on; you could then shrink sda5 and add another logical on which the XP "boot volume" (the OS itself, and yes, the names seem backward, but you need to know this to install it that way; complain to Bill) can be installed.

    There is possibly (just possibly) another way. You have an unused primary partition slot. Is the entire drive partitioned? If you have remaining space, you could use that as the primary XP needs. The partition table would look strange (but it is already out of sequence), but it should work. If you do not have anymore space, you might be able to shrink the last partition within the extended, that is, sda5, and shrink the extended that holds it (sda3). This would free up space that could be used for a new primary. Using a single primary would eliminate the need for a split system/boot volume XP install.

    By the way, you don't show two FAT32 partitions, only one, which is sda5. sda3 is the extended; it doesn't hold any data. You also have ~4GB of unused space between sda7 and sda5; you could squeeze the XP boot volume (the OS) there but still you will need to use sda1 as the system volume.

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    Default Re: Suse 11 XP dual boot

    PLease post the information from Suse's partitioner back here. Follow these very unusual steps:
    Create a text file called like partitions.txt and open it in your text editor (gedit, kwrite or kate). Leave it open and do the following:
    Open a console/terminal and enter su to get rootly powers. Maximise the console so it occupies the screen. Enter yast to activate a text-based system tuner. Arrow down to System and right to Partitioner, press Enter.
    Answer Yes to continue
    If there is a checkmark in the box Show Details then tab to that place and press Enter to take the Details out and to get the abbreviated display.
    Use your mouse to block out all the dialogue on the screen from and including: the last entry in the table (probably sda7) up to the top -- then goto the top menubar and select Edit --> Copy.
    Straigt away go to the open text file and from the top menubar select Edit --> paste.

    Now you'll have a nice compact presentation of the partitions, their sized, mount points and filesystems. Save the file.

    Exit the Yast Partitioner and come back to this thread and copy/paste the contents of the file back here. Use the forum button "wrap [code] tags around the selected text" to get a decent looking display here.

    Then we can suggest a step by step way ahead for you to consider.
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    PHP Code:
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1         204     1638598+  83  Linux
    /dev/sda2             205        3395    25631707+  83  Linux
    /dev/sda3            3396       30401   216925695    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5           14493       30401   127789011    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda6            3396        3787     3148677   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7            3788       10315    52436128+  83  Linux 

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    Code:
      │/dev/sda │    232.8 GB│   │WDC-WD2500JB-00R│         │
      │/dev/sda1│      1.5 GB│   │Linux native    │/boot    │
      │/dev/sda2│     24.4 GB│   │Linux native    │/        │
      │/dev/sda3│    206.8 GB│   │Extended        │         │
      │/dev/sda5│    121.8 GB│   │Win95 FAT32 LBA │/windata │
      │/dev/sda6│      3.0 GB│   │Linux swap      │swap     │
      │/dev/sda7│     50.0 GB│   │Linux native    │/home    │
      │/dev/sdb │    298.0 GB│   │WDC-WD3200AAJB-0│         │
      │/dev/sdb1│    298.0 GB│   │Win95 FAT32 LBA │/SigShare│
    Last edited by swerdna; 28-Aug-2008 at 16:11. Reason: Format it more clearly

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